WPS has been working with the Peregrine nesting efforts since 1996 in hopes of helping bring back this endangered bird of prey to Wisconsin.

Pulliam Power Plant

High above the place where the Fox River meets the bay of Green Bay, nestled in the southeast corner of the roof of our J.P. Pulliam Power Plant, you will find a specially built home designed for the rare Peregrine Falcon. This unlikely spot has produced over 53 Peregrine chicks since 1996. The birds are attracted to power plants because of their tall stacks, their proximity to open water and the steady food supply of other birds in the area.

Live Pulliam Cam

Weston Power Plant

In 2006, for the first time in Marathon County, four Peregrines were hatched atop our Weston Power Plant in Rothschild, WI. WPS employees have been trying to attract the Peregrines to nest at the plant. Since 2006, a total of 20 Peregrine chicks have hatched atop the Weston Power Plant.

Live Weston Cam

Background

The Peregrine Falcon is a crow-sized bird of prey that is famous and admired for its beauty, speed and agility. Native to Wisconsin, Peregrines originally nested along the bluffs of the Mississippi, St. Croix and Wisconsin rivers, and along the Door peninsula.

The population withered because of the use of the chemical pesticide DDT which weakened eggshells and prevented hatching. As a result, Peregrines disappeared from the entire eastern United States and were placed on the endangered species list.

The Wisconsin Peregrine Trust's goal is to establish 20 nesting pairs, which would enable the population to sustain itself in the state. The Trust hopes that the Peregrines can be restored to the natural cliffs and rocky bluffs along the Mississippi River in western Wisconsin and also along the Door County peninsula. WPS through its Foundation provided a grant to The Wisconsin Peregrine Trust in 2004 to assist with this effort.

Name the Falcon Chicks Contest

Sponsored by WPS and the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary.

  • The contest will run from April 1 to May 1, 2014.
  • All contestants must be in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Suggest one name for a falcon chick. Names do not have to be gender specific for a male or female.
  • All entries must be received by May 5.
  • Complete the online entry form or mail in the completed printable entry form.

Winning the Contest

  • A panel of judges will select a name for each chick. Winners will be announced after the eggs hatch.
  • There will be as many winners as there are falcon chicks. A person can only win once.
  • If more than one person submits a selected name, the winning entry will be drawn at random.
  • Prizes awarded are not redeemable for cash or any other consideration.
  • Winners, along with their classroom in Brown County will be bused to the Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary for a behind the scenes tour of their birds of prey exhibit.
  • Winners in Marathon County will receive a birds of prey presentation from the Raptor Education Group Inc. before the end of the school year.
  • The individual winners will also receive a peregrine falcon T-shirt, a photograph showing them with the falcon chicks and a certificate of appreciation. Winners will also be invited to participate in the banding of the chicks scheduled for approximately late May.

Any questions about the contest should be directed to the Wildlife Sanctuary at 920-391-3677 or WPS at 920-617-5160 or 715-848-7342.